A system that claims to be able to offer police "Mobile Forensic Data" could soon be tested in the US, with an application being made to use a suite of tools that would check whether a phone was in use in the seconds before an accident.
To get around US privacy laws and all that stuff about amendments they go on about on Columbo all the time, the Textalyzer would keep the data to itself -- only offering a broad YES or NO to the question of whether the SMS system, Skype, Twitter or Netflix were actually in use at the time of an accident.
The system is being punted under the name Cellebrite, which explains in manual-speak that: "UFED Link Analysis immediately identifies common connections between multiple devices and disparate data sources to generate leads and uncover actionable insights from existing call logs, text messages, multimedia, applications and location data. Advanced visualizations allow users to see connections and case-related data in a unified view and search and filter data based on date and time stamps, communication methods, location types and distance."
So the cop might get a red alert saying "SMS SENT AT 01:53:49" and would know the driver was messaging and driving at the time he mounted the pavement and obliterated the pretzel stand and that family of tourists. Hence county jail time. [Cellebrite via Ars]